We are proud of the partnerships we have with industry professionals around the world. It is because of your vision that we are inspired to keep creating beautiful building materials to adorn interiors and exteriors alike. Here is just one small way we like to recognize all the work that you’ve done and show off the transformation that you cause in the world.
Featured Designers + Architects
Kitchen Concepts, Inc.
Marilyn Terlouw began her journey in Interior Design a bit unconventionally – as a preschool teacher. After showing a talent and passion for decorating the classroom, bulletin board and her own home, many friends and family members encouraged her to enter the world of interior design full time. 28 years later, Marilyn is now an award winning designer, member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and the owner of her own design firm, Kitchen Concepts, Inc. Marilyn has written for a national publication as their “Ask the Expert” and has worked with a Fortune 500 company on all of their staged set designs for publicity. Her projects have been published in local and national magazines.
Martin´s Pools and Spa, Inc.
Steve Martin, owner and Master Mason, was first introduced to the world of pool building at 15 when he was a site supervisor at a private residential complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. As the son of an overseas oil industry worker, Martin had an unconventional youth – riding dirt bikes down undeveloped beaches, sailing in the Persian Gulf, and snorkeling for dinner. He carries that free spirit with him nearly 35 years later, having tried the desk jockey life as a Project Scheduler for a construction-consulting group in Atlanta, GA. With several large projects under his belt and success at his fingertips, Martin walked away, dreaming of that swimming pool he saw built when he was 15.
In 1989, Martin joined the swimming pool business as a day laborer. Within a year he was running his own crew, which allowed him to explore his passion – the detailed tile work of each job.
The Interior Design Firm
The Interior Design Firm opened its doors in 1977 with the goal of providing custom levels of service, a knowledgeable staff, and a wide range of products. Thirty years later, owner Pam Stanek has an incredible staff of 10 designers who specialize in everything from new construction, senior living, commercial, residential, project management, furniture, art work, window treatments and accessories.
Julie Stanek received a Bachelors of Science in Architecture with an Emphasis in Design from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus. She joined The Interior Design Firm in 1994 as a new graduate and has gone on to have a prestigious career, participating in the ASID Showhouse, Parade of Homes and the Street of Dreams. Julie’s goal is to make each project as special and unique as each of her clients.
Robin Lindley graduated from the University of Nebraska – Omaha campus and joined The Interior Design Firm in 2000. With over thirty years of design experience, Robin is a multiple ASID Project Award winner in residential, commercial, hospitality and transportation design. She was a Showhouse Design Associate in 2003 and 2007, Social Event Chairperson and ASID Directory Chair.
Concept II was found in 1970 by Gary Pino. With a background as a building contractor and experience as a designer, Concept II quickly rose through the ranks to become a leader in the Rochester, New York area. An actual one stop shop, Concept II offers the full spectrum of services from design and material selection through installation. They pride themselves on learning the pros and cons of each environment to craft a custom space suited to the clients taste and lifestyle. Hand renderings or computer generated models are par for the course to demonstrate how the client’s new space will improve not only in appearance but in function.
Deb O’Connor joined the Concept II team 7 years ago and has been a tile rockstar since day one. With a degree in Interior Design, she believes that through listening and collaboration the finished product will be a gratifying expression of her client’s individuality. She delights in motherhood, the outdoors and her yoga practice.
Interior Designer Teresa Jacobson was raised in Spain and studied art and art history at Barcelona University before moving to the United States. Over the course of her career she has lived across the United States, Spain and France, settling in St. George, Utah. With a family steeped in design – her grandfather was an architect in Barcelona – Teresa attended Utah State before starting her own interior design company. Frequently partnering with Contempo Tile, she eventually began working for the company full time. Through her travels, Teresa has gained a unique eye for design that can be seen throughout her portfolio. With a passion for people, she finds great joy in creating beautiful spaces. Whenever Teresa isn’t in the showroom or on a job site, she can be found doing yoga, Zumba, or relaxing with a good book.
A leader in tile and stone, Contempo Tile was founded in 1976 by Jan Kucera, a native of the Czech Republic. Opening his first store in Salt Lake, Contempo Tile now boasts 5 stores throughout the state of Utah. Acquired by Crossville Inc in April 2016, Contempo remains the largest distributor of porcelain, ceramic and natural stone tile and slabs in the Rocky Mountain region.
Story & Space
Founded in 2003 by Kelly Berg, Story & Space is a boutique design firm offering specialized design services with an emphasis on color, environmental psychology and storytelling. As an interior designer, color expert and writer, Kelly has a unique perspective on color and design. “It’s Your Space. Tell Your Story” is her design mantra. With each and every project she encourages her clients to discover and embrace their own personal style, which has lead to a uniquely diversified – and colorful – portfolio. Kelly earned her BA in Communication from the University of California, San Diego and her BFA in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego.
She formally studied applied color psychology through the International Association of Color Consultants (IACC-NA), and continues her independent color research on a daily basis. With 15 years of design experience, Kelly has become a go-to color and design authority for online and print publications including Better Homes and Gardens and Woman’s Day. She is regularly featured in articles on color and design and recently became part of Pratt & Lambert Paint’s Style & Design Guild, a 12 member think-tank for the design industry. Additionally, Kelly has been a contributing writer to Marin Home Magazine since its inception in 2012.
Liz Ryan Design
Educated at the University of Denver, Liz Ryan relocated to Tucson, Arizona after 10 years in the Colorado Mountains. In 1999, after a 10-year partnership with a large local design firm, Liz opened Liz Ryan Design in the scenic Tucson foothills. Believing each environment should be as distinctive as its inhabitant, Liz holds an Arizona Interior Design Contracting License and offers a full service design studio, which allows her clients a hands on approach throughout each phase of their project. Able to oversee complete remodels or new construction projects from start to finish, Liz and her design assistant, Jen Thompson, incorporate unique and interesting aspects about each client’s background, vision, passion and family life to create a personalized design.
Whether these touches be contemporary, traditional, ethnic or eclectic, a Liz Ryan Design space will always be true of character. With over 45 years of combined experience in the interior design and contracting industry, Liz and her team have been honored by their local ASID chapter with numerous awards, most recently the 2015 1st Place Residential Space over 2500 sq.ft., 1st Place Commercial Space over 8000 sq.ft., and 2nd Place Residential Space under 2500 sq.ft., as well as a Best of Houzz 2014 and 2016.
bldg, Ltd Design Team
Founder Bill London established bldg in 2009 after more than 30 years working with national firms coast to coast. Headquartered in Washington DC, London had the dream of a more personal approach to workplace design. Five years later, bldg maintains a small team intentionally, working with clients of all sizes to provide start to finish design service. Bldg works with clients, tenant brokers, construction managers, facility managers and developers from inception through completion to ensure each project is coordinated, cost-effective, maintains the integrity of design and meets the customers budget. Their experienced senior team – along with office cats Cracker and Token – excels at working with clients who are engaged and ready to collaborate, resulting in spaces that are true to the client’s energy and purpose. The bldg team has been honored with the International Interior Design Association Bronze Award in 2012 and the International Interior Design Association Gold Award in 2014.
Founders Brook Gardner and Mark Fox became close friends after they purchased fixer-upper townhomes on the same block in Center City, Philadelphia. With a common interest in designing and renovating homes and buildings, in 1987 the pair founded their own design and consulting firm. Gardner/Fox Associates has since grown to encompass a team of engineers, architects and designers who take pride in their ability to merge their client’s goals with their own expertise on the journey to create a perfect home. Their unique process of combining the professionalism of architects with the skill and knowledge of craftsmen has allowed them to complete timely, cost-effective home renovations ranging in style from historic to traditional to contemporary.
An award winning firm, Gardner/Fox Associates has also been featured in local and national publications, including This Old House, Inc. 500, Trends, HGTV, Remodeling, Qualified Remodeler, Kitchen and Bath Business, Professional Remodeler, Main Line Today, Philadelphia Home, and the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Chesapeake Tile & Marble
Chesapeake Tile & Marble was founded in 1986 not far from our current location in Owings Mills, Maryland. We quickly became the premier outlet in Baltimore, Maryland for fine tile, decorative marble and stone materials. As a community-oriented company, we are committed to building strong relationships with our clients in order to offer unparalleled service. Our tile and marble showrooms in both Baltimore and Owings Mills are stocked with a selection of products and concepts from the tile and stone industries most renowned manufacturers. Visit our showroom and you will understand why we are the choice for tile, stone, metal, and glass.
Borrelli Design+Cabinetry is a multi-dimensional interior design firm specializing in custom design and installation of kitchen, bath, home theatre, and other projects for the home and office. With more than 30 years of experience serving clients throughout the United States, the Borrelli Design team of interior designers, on-site cabinetmakers, and installers, in conjunction with the Borrelli team of craftsmen, work with clients from the conceptual phase to the completion o each project.
RH Interior Designs
Robert sees creativity as something outside of himself that reveals itself in its own time. He finds his inspiration while collaborating with his clients by gaining a true understanding of their likes and dislikes. He works to understand what the client wants and strives to give them the best designs that he can offer.
Ryan Hughes Design | Build
4769 Juniper Dr
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
From an early age, Ryan has had the privilege to travel extensively throughout the world. It is this cultural experience and architectural influence that enables the diversity of styles seen in his portfolio of completed works. It is also the driving force behind his main passion and goal to create the most unique, innovative swimming pools and outdoor livings spaces today.
Over the last sixteen years, Ryan has designed and built, unparalleled unique outdoor living spaces, custom designed pools, signature landscaping, water and fire features, which represent more than $100 million for his clients. Winning multiple industry awards, Ryan has been published in international design books such as the “Dream Homes Series” and “Perspectives on Design.”
Marrokal Design & Remodeling
9474 Kearny Villa Rd #205
San Diego, CA 92126
Steven’s passion for design began with a 7th grade drafting class. A few years later, he began working for a custom home builder, picking up trash and digging ditches. As his skills developed he became a journeyman carpenter and obtained his Contractor’s License in 1995. Steven continued his journey at UC Berkley where he studied design and architecture. After graduation and a decade of residential remodeling in the San Francisco Bay area, he moved to San Diego to join Marrokal Design & Remodeling.
Monarch Interiors, Inc.
Jennifer Monachino Seaman
11780 Tall Pines Dr.
Munson, OH 44024
Monarch Interiors, Inc. is an award-winning design firm that specializes in residential and commercial design projects. We provide complete design services for the Cleveland area along with many destinations throughout the United States.
We have created spectacular spaces in Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, California and New York.
Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Company
James Woelfel, NTCA, TCNA, ANSI, Chairman NTCA Technical Committee
557 S. Robson St.
Mesa, AZ 85210
Artcraft Granite, Marble and Tile Company specializes in custom residential and technically complex, comprehensive projects that demand the highest level of expertise and professionalism. Artcraft is an NTCA Five-Star Contractor and a national award-winning company, which employs Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Advanced Certifications in Tile installation (ACT) certified installers.
Art Glass Mosaics
303 Oakleaf Dr.
San Antonio, TX 78209
As a young boy, I was amazed by how light was transformed by stained glass.The colored shapes and patterns which were cast on nearby walls drew all my attention, while the depicted images in the stained glass windows all but disappeared.
Now I am able to play with the magic of color and luminosity as I create my mandalas. From hundreds of pieces of stained glass, each mandala comes together to create beautiful patterns and effects. My inspiration comes from many sources including the great rose windows of Europe, nature, kaleidoscopes, sacred geometry and modern day crop circles. For me, the process of creating each mandala is both meditative and healing. My hope is that you will also come to enjoy their beauty as well.
Spaces by Juliana Linssen
541 Hull Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Juliana Linssen always knew she wanted to work with the creative arts.
After getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a Certificate in Film Production with emphasis in Art Direction and Production Design at UCLA Extension.
While working in the Art Department for major feature films such as”What Dreams May Come” and “Thirteen Days”, she started taking Interior Design classes and fell in love with it. She then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, completed a FIDER Accredited Advanced Interior Design Certificate at West Valley College and went on to work as an Interior Designer for prominent Residential Interior Design and Design and Build companies.
Juliana has now been an accomplished Residential Interior Designer with 15 years of experience and has won NARI and NKBA design awards.
She is also a Certified Kitchen Designer with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
Sheryl Steinberg Interior Design, LLC
Sheryl Steinberg’s experiences as an interior designer have provided her with unique opportunities to design and create contemporary spaces. She has managed, consulted and designed an array of projects ranging from color and material specification to complete space renovations. Having lived and worked across the country in a variety of settings, she has gained a deep appreciation for the unity of our physical environment with our built environment.
Sheryl graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design. Previous to receiving her architectural design degree, she earned her BA in Economics from Rutgers University and worked in corporate marketing in many capacities. Coupling her training in art and design with her business background segues seamlessly to manage, budget, and create beautiful and inspiring interiors for her clients.
Lori Gentile Interior Design
527 North HWY 101 Suite E
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Inspired during childhood, Lori Gentile decided early on to channel her creativity and passion into Interior Design. She attended Florida State University and earned a B.S. in Interior Design and soon afterward had the opportunity to work for major designers Barbara Ann Barber, Yolanda Ahne, Dawn Kearney and Curtis House.
Lori perfected her skills in Boca Raton, Palm Beach and Houston before moving to San Diego, California. After more than a decade of freelancing, Lori established her own firm in 1998, allowing her greater freedom to travel to exotic parts of the world and to expose herself to diverse cultures… experiences she draws upon daily in her profession.
Because Lori is a hands-on designer, she keeps her jobs and clients to a minimum, enabling her to provide the ultimate in personal service and pay the greatest attention to detail. She constantly seeks to expand her horizons and as a result, her style is constantly evolving. She employs fresh ideas and stunning new resources with each of her clients. Lori is an artist and a consummate professional and is always eager and willing to put her experience and creativity to work.
Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping
Mahwah, New Jersey
Cipriano Custom Swimming Pools & Landscaping has the advantage of being both the pool builder and tile installer on their projects. In doing so, they are able to construct the pools within the very specific tolerances that are required when preparing for glass tile. They do this because they feel it provides their client with the highest quality product that withstands the test of time. Controlling both facets of the swimming pool and tile installation allows them to cut down on any unnecessary mistakes or shortcomings that would cost the client extra money. The result is a superior product and happier homeowner.
Luke Denny and Amy Denny
9442 N 36th St
Phoenix, AZ 85028
Alpentile is a premier design and installation team who merges craftsmanship with design, giving their clients a totally unique construction experience that surpasses all expectations.
Luke Denny: The Installer and Creative Artist
One of the premier installers of his generation, Luke is totally engaged in the technical and aesthetic requirements for installing glass tile and mosaics. Having started his career in interior tile work and complex glass mosaic installations, he brings this same attention to detail to his pool and exterior tile work. For the ultimate in aesthetic detail and creativity, contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org for your next project.
Amy Denny: Tile Wrangler, Designer, Educational Speaker
Amy is called upon for her knowledge of installation ‘best-practices’ combined with her formal art background and product design expertise. She delivers beautiful design work with functional detail. She speaks to industry groups of all kinds, from design/architecture associations to builders and technical associations. Contact her at email@example.com if you are interested in having her present at one of your events.
Their clients include architects, custom home builders, interior designers, landscape architects, luxury pool builders, and discerning homeowners, all with a unique design vision.
Alena Capra Designs
38 South Federal Highway #8
Dania Beach, FL 33004
Alena Capra Designs is a boutique interior design firm, specializing in residential design. Alena Capra is also a certified kitchen and bath designer CKD, CBD with the NKBA (national kitchen and bath association) and had the honor of being selected as one of the 8 judges in their 2013 National Design Competition. She often speaks about design at local home shows, and has done guest segments on local news and radio stations. Alena also worked as the behind the scenes designer on a season of the HGTV series Weekends With Luis in 2011. Alena has always had an interest in tile. She has been involved in the inaugural Coverings Installation and Design Showcase, designing the “Universal Bath” vignette at the live installation at the show. One of her commercial projects also received an honorable mention in Coverings Project competition, in the Commercial Remodel category.